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icon7 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Overview

Experience the civilized and the wild on a plantation tour and educational swamp boat ride from New Orleans. On this full-day journey, visit Oak Alley Plantation where you'll learn about antebellum life and stroll down its iconic tree-lined esplanade. Next, head into the marshy swampland for a boat ride and some wildlife spotting. Enjoy guided commentary as you snap photos of alligators, raccoons, snakes and native birds.
  • Boat ride on Louisiana swamp and southern plantation tour from New Orleans
  • Take a short coach ride across the mighty Mississippi River
  • Travel a scenic private swamp and capture photos of wildlife such as alligators, raccoons and snakes
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Oak Alley Plantation
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Air-conditioned vehicle
Narrated round-trip transportation by a local guide
Guided tour of plantation home
Swamp boat tour
Gratuities
Food and drinks (available to purchase)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gray Line New Orleans , 400 Toulouse St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Departure Point: Near the French Quarter Directions: The Gray Line 'Lighthouse' ticket office is located at Toulouse St and the Mississippi River (Steamboat Natchez Dock), just one block from Jackson Square in the French Quarter.

9:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Your tour offers a morning start time, where you’ll board your air‐conditioned coach in the French Quarter. Admire the scenery of the Lake Pontchartrain shoreline as you head first to Oak Alley Plantation, one of the most beautiful plantation homes in the lower Mississippi Valley. As you marvel at the unbelievable alley of 28 magnificent Oak trees, your guide will reveal the fascinating stories of the home and its history.

After your plantation tour, return north by coach to Lake Pontchartrain and Manchac Swamp, where you’ll board an open‐sided, covered boat – good for touring during any season! This privately‐owned swamp is a great venue for uninterrupted wildlife spotting. Glide along the water, viewing the lush greenery and with abundant local wildlife, including alligators, egrets, raccoons, snakes and giant nutria. Get great photos and gain insight about local history and wetland preservation from your passionate native guides. 

This tour returns you by coach to the French Quarter.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Oak Alley Plantation
Your 1.5 hour Oak Alley experience will include a docent guided tour of the plantation home, a self guided tour of the grounds and many photo opportunities along the way. Save room for a Mint Julep or refreshment from the snack bar.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Cajun Pride Swamp Tours
This privately owned wildlife refuge ensures that you won’t encounter any other boats during your peaceful journey into the swamp. Local Cajun captains share personal tales of their own swamp explorations and fascinating information on the plants and wildlife you'll encounter. The primitive beauty of moss draped cypress tress and abundant wildlife guarantees some amazing pictures! Enjoy a beverage and snack from the open air pavilion.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Lake Pontchartrain
Although called a lake, this is actually a large lagoon and brackish estuary fed by fresh water rivers and connected to the Gulf of Mexico. Covering 630 square miles (1600 km2) it is one of the largest wetlands in North America.
Pass By:  
I-10 Bonnet Carré Spillway Bridge
View the spillway, a flood control operation in the Lower Mississippi west of New Orleans. The spillway, when open, allows floodwaters from the Mississippi River to flow into Lake Pontchartrain and thence into the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • In order to help protect the French Quarter from vehicular traffic, it is requested that you please walk, if possible, to the convenient tour departure point -- just a short stroll from most downtown hotels.
  • Wheelchair Access: If the guest needs a wheelchair lift equipped bus, then special arrangements need to be made with the supplier. This must be arranged 48 hours prior to tour date. Contact details will be on your voucher.
  • Alternate Routes: Due to uneven and narrow paths, alternate routes may be necessary for guests traveling in wheelchairs.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 250 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line New Orleans
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the departure point for the Swamp Boat Ride and Oak Alley Plantation Tour from New Orleans?
A:The tour begins at the Gray Line "Lighthouse" Ticket Office in the French Quarter at Toulouse Street & the Mississippi River - at the Steamboat Natchez Dock (400 Toulouse Street.)
Jun 2021
Q:
Is there parking near the departure point for the Swamp Boat Ride and Oak Alley Plantation Tour from New Orleans?
A:There are public parking lots on Decatur Street that charge hourly rates. Some require prepayment through an automated kiosk on site. The parking lot closest to the tour departure point is Jax Lot # P401, 500 Decatur St.
Jun 2021
Q:
What should I wear during the Swamp Boat Ride and Oak Alley Plantation Tour from New Orleans?
A:Casual, comfortable attire is best. Please wear comfortable shoes! Please avoid tank tops, cut-offs or short shorts.
Jun 2021
Q:
What type of boat is used during the Swamp Boat Ride and Oak Alley Plantation Tour from New Orleans?
A:This tour uses a comfortable, custom-built pontoon boat that is safe for the fragile local ecosystem.
Jun 2021
Q:
How long is the actual boat ride during the Swamp Boat Ride and Oak Alley Plantation Tour from New Orleans?
A:The cruise is approximately 2 hours long.
Jun 2021
Q:
Can I take photos/videos during the Oak Alley Plantation Tour?
A:For the most part, yes. However, flash photography and/or video is not allowed inside the house. Your tour guide will be sure to inform you.
Jun 2021
Q:
How long is the actual tour at the Oak Alley Plantation?
A:You will spend approximately 2.25 hours at Oak Alley Plantation.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is the Oak Alley Plantation Tour handicap accessible?
A:Yes. Please notate any requirements in the "Special Requirements" box at checkout so that an appropriate vehicle can be arranged. NOTE: Portions of the Plantation are only accessible by stairs.
Jun 2021
Q:
Is food available during the Swamp Boat Ride and Oak Alley Plantation Tour from New Orleans?
A:Yes, you can purchase a snack, salad or sandwich in the Plantation Café to enjoy at the picnic tables or aboard the coach.
Jun 2021
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Swamp Boat Ride and Oak Alley Plantation Tour from New Orleans?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Swamp Boat Ride and Oak Alley Plantation Tour from New Orleans.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Swamp Boat Ride and Oak Alley Plantation Tour from New Orleans?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Swamp Boat Ride and Oak Alley Plantation Tour from New Orleans.

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  • "The swamp tour had an excellent guide, that wanted you to have a good time and see as many animals as possible, even if on an imperfect weather day." See review
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The rolling history lesson
Nita_C
, May 2022
Our tour guide was Jim and he was very informational and funny, he told us a lot about the history of certain areas of New Orleans and he also told us about different areas and history of the state and city all the way to the swamp tour and plantation.
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Relaxing, entertaining, exciting
Lourdes_G
, May 2022
Our tour guide Jim did a great job throughout both activity and mad the rides fun with his own version of mardi gras parade ; Captain Bishop made the swamp tour very humorous
star-5
Great combo tour to see a...
Doreen_F
, May 2022
Great combo tour to see a beautiful plantation and the history behind it as well as taking a boat ride thru the Bayou. We had Robi and Kindrell for our guide and bus driver and they were efficient and on time.
star-5
Excellent guide. This...
Christine_S
, May 2022
Excellent guide. This was a very fun trip helping us discover about a very different world for us visiting from a small town in France.
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The south
nicholas_c
, May 2022
Very knowledgeable tour conductor and good driver. Robi and Contrell did a great job. The plantation was beautiful and the swamp was fun
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We had a great time. Not...
Mike_B
, May 2022
We had a great time. Not only were Oak Alley and the Swamp ride interesting and fun, but our Driver Darrin and Guide Charles were fantastic! Both added knowledge and, humor to enhance the experience! Highly recommend.
star-5
Amazing
Alejandra_S
, May 2022
Charles was an amazing guide, he knows about everything in Louisiana, he’s very passionate about his job and friendly
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Would not recommend
Jendayi_H
, May 2022
Viator Tour guide Charles stated slavery in Louisiana “wasn’t bad” then tried to backpedal and said “wasn’t as bad as the east “ and then said he wasn’t saying that “slavery was good or bad “. Imagine a tour guide saying the holocaust wasn’t that bad or saying “I’m not saying the holocaust was good or bad”. Very disgusting. There were people from different countries on our tour who probably now think that slavery wasn’t bad. While at the plantation doing the big house tour, they try to make you feel bad for slave owners without mentioning mistreatment the slaves go through. I Would not recommend the tour or the plantation. For the swamp tour our captain was Tom. He was amazing and super funny. I would book the swamp as a tour by itself, not with Viator.
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Plantation/Bus and Swamp Tour Review
Laurie_W
, May 2022
I really enjoyed the plantation! The site was set out in a way that enabled all to see and understand the times. I also appreciated the availability of beverages throughout. It was interesting to see the names of slaves and to try to follow life from their perspective as well. I am glad that I chose the tour bus for this tour. The host was very helpful and full of information. I am so glad that the bus driver navigated and I just got to enjoy the air conditioning. The swamp tour guide was very enjoyable and it was fun to see his baby alligator "Jimmy". It would have been great to have the chance to buy some swamp souvenirs though.
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Louisiana History
Whitney_F
, May 2022
Great guides,lots of great information. Comfortable transportation. Beautiful scenery. Learned a lot of new things.

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